Navigating a Museum? Google Maps Adds Locations

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Navigating your way through some of the top U.S. museums just got easier, that is if you’re an Android smartphone or tablet user. On Tuesday, Google announced that it had integrated floor plans for over twenty of the top U.S. museums into its Google Maps service.

“With indoor maps and walking directions for U.S. museums now available on your Android phone or tablet, you can plan your route from exhibit to exhibit, identifying points of interest along the way, including between floors,” explained Google in a blog post.

Included among them are a variety of Smithsonian museums and the American Museum of Natural History.  “An increasing number of our visitors now turn to their mobile devices and familiar applications to help them find their way and get information about the Smithsonian,” commented Smithsonian head of mobile strategies Nancy Proctor in a press release regarding her company’s inclusion.

More places including the National World War II Museum will become available for mapping in the future. In the recent past, Google has worked to integrate indoor floor plans into its mapping service. Worldwide, such locations include airports, resorts, stadiums, retail stores and more.